Good Food

Good Food = Local Food
All local,:beans & pork from the freezer and sweet potatoes stored in the cellar

(This is an introduction to an extended series.)

Good food has become a cliché – talked about as entertainment but not part of our day-to-day lives. Cooking on TV has gone nuts. Even I have gotten roped in by those 5 way pastry competitions. I am here to tell you that eating is not competition. Cooking shouldn’t be either. Continue reading Good Food

Good Food II

Since we do so much eating, we might as well get it right.  Though neither of us has much in the way of formal training, we think we know what we are doing in the residential/semi-pro kitchen.  We are not interested in production line cooking, though efficiency and effectiveness are always appropriate.  A strong sense of mise-en-place works even for boiling water!

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Eggs I have known

Wrinkled Egg
Wrinkled Egg – 3 3/8 oz!

Every once in a while (like mostly weekly), we get an egg that defies explanation.  This is one that most likely came from one of our old ladies. They seem to be inspired that way.

By the way, the egg on the right is a normal extra-large (2 1/4 ounce). Our over-achieving chickens actually consider it a ‘small’.

We don’t sell these – although the insides are fine, most folks want the outsides to be more normal.

“If I have to lay an egg for my country, I’ll do it.” – Bob Hope

Our newest dog Zorra(9 months old) has a shocking experience!

Zorra attentive  and cute!
Zorra attentive and cute!

No, she did not discover the electric fence with her nose…but it was something electric. I was working at the kitchen table and suddenly my 14 yr old Australian shepherd backed out from under the table at the speed of sound.

Next thing I hear is a yelp and Zorra running up the stairs and hiding. Zorra had decided to chew on  a lamp cord and was properly shocked. She has not gone under the table since …instant correction……..but oh so shocking!

Zorra Dog of Action!
Zorra Dog of Action!

Apples and pears are in season

Our own Red Bartlett pears
Our own Red Bartlett pears
Spiced Crabapple Jelly and toast
Spiced Crabapple Jelly and toast
More wild grapes from my neighbors Maple tree grapevine
More wild grapes from my neighbors Maple tree grapevine

The apples and pears this year have been fantastic!Wild grapes have been very prolific(once I discovered where they were hiding)and the damson plums have been delicious but expensive. White pumpkins have arrived and I made two batches of pumpkin pickles during the week.  I am planning to make apple pie filling, lemon pear cardamom preserves and maybe pickled pears during the next 3 days.